Treating ‘Menstrual Equity’ as Significant Fuels Public Contempt for Academe

To the Editor:

Both the so-called campus activists who expend their energies to achieve “menstrual equity” by lobbying for tampons in men’s bathrooms on university campuses, as well as the publication that finds this to be an accurate representation of campus life, declare to the world that American students, and by association the academics who influence them, are infatuated with absurdities and far-removed from reality (“Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity,’ Campus Activists Say,The Chronicle, May 17). It merely fuels public contempt for U.S. higher education and further stymies our mission in the era of Trump. Anyone who takes this “issue” seriously needs to spend a week in a refugee camp in Kenya or Jordan to develop a realistic understanding of the meaning of inequity and injustice.

B. A. Bays
Associate Professor of Geography
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Okla.

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